|Paris, September 10, 2015
In the absence of a strategic course, the CAP is adrift!
Paris, September 10, 2015 – The European Commission’s proposals presented to the European Council on September 7, 2015 are not providing any structural response to the prolonged difficulties of the European––and especially French––agricultural community.
They represent a list of limited measures without any strategic scope, and show the extent to which the new CAP is unsuited to resolve current issues.
Faced with the volatility and general downfall of prices, let these paltry solutions speak for themselves:
Moreover, the European Commission maintains its position that the free trade agreements currently under negotiations will partly address the problems of supply and will not create any negative impact for European farmers.
- A €500 million package to be distributed among member states according rules to be defined,
- Advances on direct payments increased to 70% from 50%,
- Actions lumping together the intensification of private reserves, the support to investment and promotion of dairy products and the reinforcement of the Market Observatory with the creation of a group of high-level experts.
Yet to this day, no impact study is capable to assess the positive and negative effects of these free trade agreements, especially the one with the United States.
In addition, it must not be forgotten that our North American, South American or Asian counterparts are positioned to win market shares, very often thanks to agricultural policies that protect them from excessive price downfalls.
Worse even, the proposed package of measures does not meet the famers’ rightful demands to make a living from their production.
For how long will the European Council keep endorsing the European Commission’s proposals, which are now clearly defeated by the scale of the agricultural crisis?
A democratic mode of functioning of European organizations should lead to a fundamental reform of the CAP in order to:
That is why in early 2015 momagri has published its white paper “A new strategic course for the CAP”1, which suggests reorganizing direct payments around a counter-cyclical system that would stabilize farming incomes at a cost in line with multi-annual budgetary projections.
- Ensure more stable and lucrative incomes to farmers, which involves counter-cyclical support systems in case of excessive market prices,
- Meet the European Union’s strategic challenges in terms of quality output and food security,
- Improve the competitiveness of European agricultural production and agribusinesses that generate a large number of jobs.
As the review of the European multi-annual financial framework in 2016-2017 is approaching, the European Parliament must now take the lead to convince the European Commission to commit to a thorough reform of the CAP.
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